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stuffed-aubergine-marinated-couscous recipe

Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:35:31 -0700
From: "andy&shell" (andy.shell@virgin.net)

Stuffed Aubergine with Marinated Couscous

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Serves 4

2 large aubergines
1/4 Pint stock
1 large red pepper, halved and deseeded
1 large green pepper, halved and deseeded
125g couscous
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 shallot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp crushed dried chillies
100g raisins
1 large courgette, finely diced
400g can chickpeas, (garbanzos)
3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
paprika, to serve

1 Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Cut the aubergines in half
lengthways and score the flesh.  Place in the oven
for 20-25 minutes until softened.

2 Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Place the pepper halves, skin-side
up, on the grill rack and grill for 6-7 minutes until blackened. Place in a
plastic bag and leave until cool enough to handle.

3 Remove the aubergines from the oven. Scoop out some of the flesh, leaving
a 1cm thick shell next to the skin. Chop the remaining flesh and set aside.

Turn off the oven. Place the couscous in a bowl, cover with 200ml cold
water and leave in the warm oven for 20 minutes.

4 Meanwhile, heat the stock in a large frying pan and add the cumin seeds.
Cook for 30 seconds, then add the aubergine flesh, shallot, garlic,
chillies, raisins and courgette. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Set aside.

5 Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Peel the skin from the peppers and
chop the flesh roughly. Stir into the aubergine mixture with the chickpeas.

Fluff up the couscous with a fork and stir in the basil, mint and half the
coriander. Season.

6 Divide the mixture between the aubergine shells and bake for 10 minutes.

Serve sprinkled with paprika and the remaining coriander.  You can also top
with a fat-free vegan yogurt.

Adapted from BBC Vegetarian Magazine

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